Skyfire, a company well known for their mobile browsing software, announced today the latest version of their web browser for Android, 4.0. The new version is expected to paid pricing model to replace the current beta test, accompanied with “killer features”. All existing beta testers will continue to receive Skyfire updates, presumably without needing to purchase the new version.
The new update is rumored to bring tablet-specific features and layout changes to accompany the new Android Honeycomb platform. Pricing models have not yet been announced for the [...]
Adobe recently updated Flash Player on desktop machines, and a similar update for the Flash Player for Android will be coming within the next several days. According to their blog, Adobe says Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download on March 18th, 2011 from the Android Market.
Just like the current version, 10.2 will require that you are running Android 2.2 Froyo or above, and that your device meets the minimum hardware requirements.
In addition to enhancements for smartphones, this version also serves as a beta for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets — but [...]
Google search has shown Instant Previews next to the results that it displays on desktop browsers for some time now. As of today, mobile browsers can also use Instant Previews!
When searching on a compatible smartphone there will now be a magnifying glass next to each item returned. Tapping on that magnifying glass brings up a thumbnail view of the results which you can swipe from side to side. When you find the page you’re looking for simply tap on it and the full version of the page will open. It’s a fast and interactive way to determine if you really want to go to [...]
Mozilla is not taking any breaks when it comes to development of Firefox for mobile devices, popping out its second major update within a month. The new beta 5 for Android and Maemo devices continues with the type of improvements we’ve seen in previous betas, granting even more speed boosts as well as greater stability.
Google has been on the forefront of email technologies ever since the beta of Gmail, long, long ago. They’ve always been able to efficiently identify and categorize mail, including spam to help keep your inbox clean. Although no solution can keep your inbox spotless, Gmail comes close.
Last August they introduced what Google calls your “Priority Inbox”. Essentially, Google felt that most inboxes were fairly cluttered with non-important messages — I’d have to agree. To remedy this, the Priority Inbox attempts to identify which messages (and which [...]
Moving on from December’s Beta 3, Mozilla has updated its work on Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo phones to Beta 4, bringing new features, bug fixes, and some supposedly impressive speed boosts.
What’s the difference between a “security researcher” and a “hacker”?
Someone has discovered a way to steal data from the microsd card in your Android through a vulnerability in the Browser app. The someone in question is Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University. Lucky for us, he’s one of the good guys — not a “hacker” in the malicious sense of the word.
While working on an Android-related project he discovered a flaw in the Android 2.3 browser. Ironically, a similar bug was recently [...]
Skyfire is one of the more popular alternative browsers for the Android platform. It’s primary claim to fame has been its ability to play Flash videos on Android-powered devices. That’s not as much of an benefit with the latest generation of Android-powered devices, since most have the ability get Adobe’s Flash from the Android Market. Skyfire essentially converts and pre-renders video on their services, streaming it to you in a manner that’s customized for your screen and connection speed.
In version 3.2 they’ve made some improvements:
The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below!
If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review.
This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the fact [...]
It seems all but certain that Microsoft will be bringing HTML5 to Windows Phone 7, but the question on our impatient mind is “when?”. Internet Explorer 9 on the PC already has support for the internet standard, but it hasn’t made the way over to Microsoft’s mobile platform yet. It may not be much longer before we get our answer, as Microsoft has stated that it plans on discussing the evolution of its mobile browser in the near future.
Responding to audience questions at the CES, Microsoft’s Dean Hachamovitch was asked about plans to take these new [...]
We’ve told you about Dolphin Browser Mini in the past, and have been pretty impressed with it. It’s fast, it’s small, and brings a lot of features that you’d expect to find in a desktop browser to your Android-powered smartphone.
Until now it’s only been a beta release which, although functional, may have dissuaded some from downloading and installing it. If that describes you, you’re in luck, the app has been officially released and is no longer in beta!
What’s changed? According to the app’s “recent [...]
Mozilla has a new beta of Firefox Mobile for you to try out, available now on the Android Market and as a download for Maemo smartphones.
Several of the changes in this beta deal with text entry. Mozilla says that the less you need to type in order to use its browser, the better. To that end, the URL bar now supports copy-and-pasting. For when you do have to enter text, Mozilla’s patched some keyboard bugs, and there’s better international text support thanks to compatibility with Arabic and Persian scripts.
The process by which you can sync a copy of Firefox [...]
Dell Mobility Store is basically paying you $25 to get an HTC Droid Incredible in an offer ending November 29, 2010 (or while supplies last).
If once you were dreaming about the best Android device out there, now, eight months or so later, you get a $25 Dell Gift Card to go with your free HTC Droid Incredible from Dell Mobility Store when you sign a new two-year activation through Dell’s web site. Rated by us at that time at 4.5/5, the Droid Incredible is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8650 Snapdragon Processor, 8GB of internal storage, 748MB ROM, 512MB RAM, 3.7-inch SLCD [...]
A just-uncovered Google patent application shows the company’s vision for a dynamic system for reformatting web pages to fit better on smaller smartphone screens.
The system, published under the innocuous name “Displaying Information on a Mobile Device” outlines a process by which a server sits between a content provider and your smartphone, processing long pages of text, links, and images into a collapsible format. By selectively expanding parts of the page you’re interested in, Google hopes to fit more useful information onto your smartphone screen at [...]
So far we’ve unboxed the Motorola Flipside. We’ve also taken an up and close look at its hardware and MotoBlur user interface. Our next video in the Flipside series is a comparison video in which we pit the Motorola Flipside against the Samsung Transform.
Both devices are considered mid-range Android phones. The Flipside is featured on AT&T’s network and sports a 720mHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The Transform resides on Sprint and holds an 800mHz processor and 256MB of RAM.
Curious to see which device outperforms the other? Press play below to [...]
Not happy with the stock Android web browser? Perhaps you crave a better interface for tab management, or perhaps you just want something a little faster. Fortunately, you’ve got a lot of choices. Here’s a rundown of our favorite third-party Android browsers, all of which are free and available in the Android Market.
This could be the best web browser for people that want a cleaner way to navigate through open windows, web history, and favorite sites. It’s not the fastest browser, but it’s very much different than anything else that [...]
Skyfire has updated its browser clients for both iOS and Android, with iPhone users getting a small bump to 2.1 and Android owners seeing a full version upgrade, to Skyfire 3.0. Additions to the $3.99 iPhone browser are fairly minor, and include quick access to Twitter streams, more ways to share content, and the ability to tap-and-hold a link to open it in a new tab. The company also claims to have increased the number of compatible sites — although we still had lots of trouble getting content to play — while at the same time improving bookmarking, mobile/desktop mode [...]
A recently-discovered Android vulnerability, affecting all current versions operating system, has the potential to let a malicious website access your phone’s memory card, reading any information that may be stored.
The Mozilla Foundation revealed that it’s been working on an app store concept of its own, as discussed in its most recent “The State of Mozilla” report. Unlike the offerings from Apple and for Android devices, Mozilla-based apps would be fully cross-platform.
Following the almost-too-successful launch of its iPhone browser (demand was so high that sales had to be halted and resumed in waves), Skyfire has announced that it will be ending support for the 1.x version of its products, currently available for free on both the Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms. Normally the cessation of developer support does not spell death for a product, but in the case of Skyfire, the company will be shutting down the servers which enable proxy browsing on 1.x clients — essentially the magic ingredient that once made the browser so unique.
It turns out that in Windows Phone 7, third parties can offer their browsers in the Marketplace, or at least ones that are based off of Internet Explorer for WP7. Enter Browser Plus, a $1 browser available for Windows Phone 7 that takes IE and adds some great functionality. Browser Plus allows you to see your tabs without having to dive into a second menu. Also, you can view pages in a “reader view” which will strip away page elements, similar to what you get in Safari. Another cool feature is that you get quick access to a Google search from next to the address bar. The [...]
If you have an Android phone, you have a growing list of browser choices, including Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, FireFox 4 Beta, Dolphin Browser HD, and now NetFront Life from Access (this company might sound familiar to those that have used Windows Mobile). This free browser brings a host of great features that makes it easy and fun to switch between open tabs, browser history, and favorites. Performance isn’t as good as the stock Android browser, and you can’t use multitouch to zoom into a page. But if you’re looking for a different kind of browsing experience, give [...]
It’s time to run some tests on the Sprint Samsung Transform! So far we’ve run through an unboxing, a software overview, and a hardware overview on the Samsung Transform. Well, now it’s time to see how well it stacks up against its big brother, the Samsung Epic 4G.
As mentioned in our hardware overview, the Transforms 800MHz processor surely isn’t as brawny as the Epic’s 1Ghz processor. As the video below shows, the Transform may not be exactly as fast, but it still performs very well. In this video we run a series of comparison tests featuring a [...]